Premier Farnell expands its ‘Essential Design Tips for Engineers’ series

New Embedded Designs special edition


Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is renowned for its industry leading design and technical knowledge and the ability to provide consistent and reliable support to customers with differing design needs, as their projects move from concept through to design. Premier Farnell understands that every design process is different and as such provide a wide range of support through a variety of different channels. Following on from the success of the initial ‘Essential Design Tips for Engineers’ book, Premier Farnell have developed a second book focussing purely on Embedded Design.

As a world leading source of products, support and exclusive manufacturing partnerships, Premier Farnell is perfectly placed to support designers with their embedded projects. With the embedded space still seeing rapid expansion, the demands on single board computing functionality is also rising. In recognition of this, AVID and Embest, as part of the Premier Farnell group, are harnessing the power of their exclusive agreements with manufacturers to offer a customisation service for industrial and commercial applications.

Premier Farnell worked with Hilscher Gesellschaft für Systemautomation mbH in Germany to combine the Raspberry Pi with Hilscher’s network chip netX on a customised form factor to create an Edge Gateway suitable for the industrial environment. This project demonstrates the success of working with one company throughout the design and production phases. Premier Farnell offered the flexibility to create a bespoke solution which was also more cost effective than designing a board from scratch. Premier Farnell have extensive experience working with start-ups through to the largest semi-conductor manufacturers and can therefore provide full design support, especially when the project has potentially complex demands.

The latest book in the design tips series provides design engineers with project advice from an engineer’s perspective, reflecting the unique challenges faced by designers when working with embedded applications. Many members of the Premier Farnell team are engineers themselves and are ideally placed to understand the information and resources that fellow designers need.

Premier Farnell is now asking for input on their next design tips book, focussed on design tips for makers. Premier Farnell and the element14 community are asking makers across the globe to contribute tips to be included in the book. Anyone interested in submitting their own design tip should visit the element14 Community.


About us

Premier Farnell is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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